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#FeedTheNest

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AUSTINTOWN — T.J. Parker had his mask up over his beard. It’s not the look he envisioned when he took over the Austintown Fitch football program in December. Then again, who saw this coming? The former Falcons athlete was on social media with the constant hashtag #FeedTheNest. Offseason ...

YSU’s men’s basketball players remain home

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Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun is well aware that the NCAA is allowing a portion of student-athletes to come back to campus starting Monday. He knows all the guidelines and restrictions that are in place; and he knows what he and his coaches can and ...

OHSAA: Fall sports athletes all are eligible

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association is making all students entering grades 7 through 12 academically eligible for the fall sports season, according to a release sent to schools Friday. The announcement came in a memo from OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass that touched on a variety ...

Back on the field

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YOUNGSTOWN — The first phase of bringing student-athletes back to college campuses begins Monday, and Youngstown State University will be part of the initiative. The NCAA announced last week that student-athletes in football and men’s and women’s basketball will be allowed to ...

United Way fundraiser a big loss to fishing calendar

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Today marks another passage for many of us as the season turns to summer and we cope with the realities of our lives and our circumstances. The final days of May are when many of the species of fish we pursue move into their summer patterns. Daylight lingers longer, our weather is shaping up ...

Grigson officially hired as Berry fills out front office staff

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CLEVELAND — Former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was hired Friday as a senior adviser for the Cleveland Browns, reuniting with general manager Andrew Berry. Berry, a first-time GM and the NFL’s youngest, has now filled out his front office in four months. Grigson was the GM in ...

Greatest Golfer event set

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The 11th season of Greatest Golfer of Youngstown aims to tee off this summer with its first event scheduled June 9 at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Hubbard. That event is the first of the Joe Dickey Electric Juniors Division — the first of six events area teens will play through mid-July when ...

Living his dream

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Kendrick Perry feels the leather trickle off his fingers each time the tightly wound basketball echoed following each bounce off the court. Sometimes it leaves his hands for a well-timed 3-point shot. Other times he’d see the snap of his wrists as the leather sphere perfectly places ...

Passion of Krivonak ‘pitched’ to others

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Stephen Krivonak passed away earlier this month at the age of 74, and the man known as “Sheeny” spent his final years the same way he spent his youth – engrossed in baseball. Baseball was a way of life for Krivonak, who grew up on Youngstown’s west side and spent much of his youth at ...

Browns still in pursuit of DE

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CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett on one end. Jadeveon Clowney on the other. Just the thought of it elicited a quick smile from new Browns coordinator Joe Woods, who oversaw a star-studded defensive front in San Francisco and could have a similar one in Cleveland. The Browns remain interested in ...

YSU cuts $2 million from athletic budget

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State athletics department will endure a budget cut of roughly $2 million and see the elimination of 22 positions in response to financial challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. The university announced the budget reductions in a press release Wednesday. ...

Decisive season

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Baker Mayfield went back to his roots during this strange offseason, a time he’s used to reflect and forget a season that didn’t go well for the Browns’ brash quarterback. He’s also worked on his golf game. “I’ve always been a high-effort guy,” he said. “I am swinging hard ...

‘Amazing’ Chieffo has bright future

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WARREN — Alexa Chieffo sees the scope of the entire pitch in front of her, calling out to her teammates as the play develops. Formations are easier to spot in front of the pipes and netting of a the 24 feet-by-8 feet soccer goal. It’s what the John F. Kennedy High School senior girls ...

Steelers unfazed

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PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL’s organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success. “You’re learning about each other and how each ...

JFK’s Economos soars ahead toward Notre Dame College

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Coach Mat Horvatich saw the way his team’s top striker, senior Evan Economos, played on the field for the John F. Kennedy Eagles boys soccer team. So did the Notre Dame College men’s soccer team, for which Economos will play next season. Horvatich said NDC is getting a good player ...

Colon wants to pitch again in major leagues

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NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon refuses to entertain the idea of retirement. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t pitch in 2019 and that on Sunday he turned 47. He craves one more shot in the majors. “I’m not retired. That’s not in my mind,” Colon told The Associated Press in a phone ...

NHL plans move to small-group training

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TORONTO (AP) — The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon — with plenty of precautions. The league, which paused its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a memo Monday saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its ...

Recipe for winning

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YOUNGSTOWN — Not long after Doug Phillips took over as the Youngstown State University football coach in February, he noticed someone during the first few weeks of drills. His name was Antoine Cook. The junior defensive tackle was showing the kind of relentless approach to training that ...

Shooter from Shaw

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Tammie Kelley looked on from the sidelines, leaning from her coaching spot in front of the team bench toward the action on the floor. She saw her son, Greyson, on the AAU court in front of her playing for the FAB5 team. Shots started to go in for the younger Kelley. His focus in his ...

Travel softball tournament still on for weekend

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It was a long and rather boring spring for most high school athletes, with spring sports being canceled around the country. Jeff Steiner is trying to make sure the summer is a little better. Steiner is president of the Thunder Elite fastpitch softball organization, which supports several ...